Adam Schefter on D&C: ‘New England is a team to watch’ at Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline
|10.29.13 at 10:36 am ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss the NFL trade deadline, as well as Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather‘s comments towards Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
NFL teams have until 4 p.m. Tuesday to make a trade. Players such as Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, Titans receiver Kenny Britt and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez have been rumored to be on the trading block.
“The first thing I would tell you is don’t get your hopes too high, because at this time of the year, this is one area where baseball has it on football, where there just isn’t a lot of action,” Schefter said. “I’ve been going back and forth with a couple of people this morning, and they’ve said to me, ‘Nothing newer on this front.’ Again, it’s 8:30 in the morning, and a lot can change by 4 o’clock Eastern, which is the time of the deadline, but football never produces a lot of trades.
“And keep in mind this year already, we have seen former first-round picks such as Trent Richardson, Bryant McKinnie, Levi Brown, Eugene Monroe already traded. Again, not household names, not highly productive players in most cases, but still a lot of trades up until this point, and so we may get a trade or two throughout the course of the day. It’s possible, but there’s nothing right now that you say, ‘Boy, this is one that we really have to chart.’ ”
The Patriots are no strangers to the trade deadline, as they acquired cornerback Aqib Talib from the Buccaneers on Nov. 1, 2012. The acquisition of Talib has so far turned out to be a spectacular move, as he has emerged as one of the top secondary players in the league this season.
With injuries to the Patriots defensive line and a group of rookies making up most of the receiving corps, many have wondered if the Pats will once again be buyers Tuesday.
“I think they’ve made some inquiries, but I don’t think anything has materialized … but they’ve done what every team should be doing,” Schefter said. “They’ve made a couple of calls to see who might and might not be available, and nothing has worked out so far. I think New England is a team to watch today. I’m not going to tell you they’re going to get anything done.
“Again, deals are difficult to get done at the trade deadline, but I think the Patriots would be interested in a defensive tackle if they could, I think if there was a wide receiver out there that made some sense … but they’ve made moves more that haven’t exactly worked out. I think they’re going to be careful.”
After serving a one-game suspension for repeatedly hitting opposing players in the head, Meriweather returned to Redskins practice and made numerous controversial comments. Meriweather said that he would now have to focus on targeting players’ knees instead of their heads while also ripping Marshall, who had suggested players like Meriweather be banned from the league.
“These were some of the most inappropriate and unprofessional comments I’ve ever heard an athlete make,” Schefter said. “It’s just incredible that somebody can say these kinds of things, and it tells you all you need to know about the mindset of that particular person. … What he said yesterday was so offensive and so disrespectful that it’s hard to imagine that somebody can be a professional and say the things he did.”